Oracle Trilogy sold to France

I just sold the Oracle Trilogy — Soothsayer, Oracle, and Prophet — to ActuSF in France. This is the trilogy’s second sale to France, and 14th overall. (In fact, its 13th sale — from Arc Manor, in the U.S. — debuted at Worldcon three weeks ago.)

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Leaving for DragonCon at (yucch!) 6:30 AM Friday (September 4). Hope to see some of you there. For the record, here’s my schedule:

Friday, 7:00-8:00 PM
Panel: The Weird West Rides Again!
Panelists: Me, Cherie Priest, Laura Ann Gilman
Location: Augusta 3, in the Westin

Saturday, 4:00-5:00 PM
Panel: World-Building, Part 1 — Building Alternate Eras
Panelists: Me, Eric Flint, S. M. Stirling, D. B. Jackson
Location: Augusta 3, in the Westin

Sunday, 2:30-3:30 PM
Location: Edgewoood, in the Hyatt

Monday, 10:00-11:00 AM
Panel: Influences in Today’s SF/F/Horror Fiction
Panelists: Me, Todd McCaffrey, Tricia Woldridge, Alexandra
Duncan, Stephen L. Antczak
Location: In the Hyatt Embassy D-F

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Sold Eli to Sleuth #1

I re-sold “Even Butterflies Can Sing”, featuring my detective Eli Paxton (who has starred in Dog in the Manger, The Trojan Colt, and Cat on a Cold Tin Roof, to a brand-new mystery magazine being published in Canada. Look for him in SLEUTH #1.

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The Resnick/Malzberg Dialogues #22: Breakthroughs

NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 162, Summer, 2004.

MIKE: You’d never know it to look at the science fiction section of a bookstore today, but we’re a pretty innovative field. I know it’s hard to believe, but really and truly we are.

The late John Campbell was fond of saying that Doc Smith gave us the stars, and that we’re still waiting for the next breakthrough.

The late John Campbell was dead wrong, of course. We’ve had many major breakthroughs, both conceptual and stylistic. And maybe now—when the novel to which there are not at least two sequels and a prequel can be considered an endangered species—might be a good time to consider them, if for no other reason than to prove that such things are considerably less rare than hen’s teeth and that there is no reason to assume that there aren’t dozens of them stacked up in a holding pattern, just waiting to be born.

And since I’m a gentleman of the old school (i.e., I’m still thinking about it) I shall graciously let you be the first to argue the historical import of a breakthrough of your choice.
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My Worldcon Schedule

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, will be held in Spokane, Washington from August 18 through August 23. Here’s my schedule:

My Worldcon schedule:

Wednesday, 11:45 AM — 12:45 PM
Autograph at Larry Smith’s table (time tentative)

Wednesday, 1:00 PM — 1:45 PM
Panel: Understanding Contracts (300D)
With Joshua Bilmas, Jim Fiscus

Wednesday, 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Autograph at Phoenix Pick (Galaxy’s Edge/Stellar Guild) table

Wednesday night
Launch party for THE OUTPOST
Wordfire suite, Red Lion River Inn

Thursday, 3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Official autographing in Exhibit Hall B

Thursday, 4:30 PM — 5:45 PM
Autograph new release INCI with co-author Tina Gower
at Phoenix Pick (Galaxy’s Edge/Stellar Guild) table

Thursday, 8:30 PM
Launch party for INCI
Phoenix Pick suite, at the Courtyard Hotel

Friday, Noon — 12:45 PM
Kaffeeklatsch (202B-KKC)

Friday, 4:30 PM — 5:30 PM
Autograph at Wordfire Press table

Saturday, 10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
Panel: What Every Fan Should Know (401C)
With Toni Weisskopf, Roger Sims, Joe Siclari, John Hertz

Saturday, 11:30 AM — Noon
Reading (303B)

Saturday, 1:00 PM — 1:45 PM
Panel: How to Edit Anthologies (Bays 111C)
With John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Rich Horton

Saturday, 2:00 PM — 2:45 PM
Panel: The Future of Short Fiction Online
With John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke, Anaea Lay, Scott H. Andrews

Saturday, 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Hugo Pre-Reception (Integra Telecom Ballroom — 100A)

Saturday, 8:00 PM — 10:30 PM
Hugo Ceremony (INB Performing Arts Center)

We arrive Tuesday afternoon, leave Sunday morning. All my lunches and dinners are scheduled. So are 2 (ugh!) breakfasts.

Hope to see some of you there.

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New science fiction book bundle

There’s a very nice book bundle that just came on the market. It
contains science fiction books by many of the top female writers
in the field. I’m in it (the sole male) only because I co-edited
Stars with Janis Ian. Take a look, and then take advantage
of a fine offer:

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A Little Green Sale

I just sold “The Little Green Men Take Their Hideous Revenge, Sort Of” to Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Robin Wayne Bailey for their forthcoming Baen Books anthology, Little Green Men — Attack!

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“Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge” sold for 24th time

I just sold my Hugo-and-Nebula-winning novella, Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, to the outstanding Czech magazine XB-1. This marks its 24th sale since I wrote it in 1995.

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The Resnick/Malzberg Dialogues #21: Work For Hire

NOTE: this article first appeared in the pages of SFWA Bulletin 161, Spring, 2004.

MIKE: There’s a practice that seems to be getting more and more popular with publishers, and certainly more lucrative for writers though it’s hardly new, and that’s the work-for-hire.

Now, it comes in many forms — movie novelizations, shared worlds, “collaborations” when the lesser-known writer writes a novel based on the outline of a much-better-known writer, franchised worlds and universes, the whole bag of wax. What they all have in common, unless I’m missing something, is that the writer is not the copyright holder. Sometimes, in fact quite often these days, if he’s writing a novel or novelization, he gets a royalty, but it’s never a full royalty — usually it’s more like a quarter of the full rate (2% on an 8% rate and so forth).

There are reasons for writing works for hire, and reasons for not writing them. I have, in my time, done many if not most of the variations, and I have rather strong opinions about each. But since I know what they are, and I have no idea what yours are, I think I’ll let you expound first. I think it’ll work best if we consider each type separately, as there is a considerable artistic and financial difference among them.

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BARRY: Well, let’s begin by discussing that aspect of the Work for Hire with which I have the most (in fact the only) direct experience: the movie novelization. Decades ago I wrote a number of these, only two of which — Phase IV based on the l974 Saul Bass film and The Sign of the Tiger, The Way of the Dragon, a novelization of the pilot script for the l973 David Cassady Kung Fu Series — were published. Advances were respectively $3,000 US and $2,000 US, the movie novelization provided for a small royalty (two percent, I think), the television pilot novelization was for a flat fee. Pocket Books in fact did pay me a few hundred dollars of royalty money over the years; Warner Paperback Library having no obligation to pay me anything never did. (The latter novel was the basis of my only involvement with anyone’s bestseller list . . . #7 for a couple of weeks on the Publisher’s Weekly list and it sold, I learned, over half a million copies.)
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KILIMANJARO sold to Spain

Just sold Kilimanjaro, the companion piece to Kirinyaga, to Spain, where it will be published by Gigamesh and translated by Ramon Pena, the gentleman who has translated all three of my Ignotus (Spanish Hugo) winners.

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